Adding injury to insult

Posted by Iannucci | 10/19/2007 | 5 comments »
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If you thought it was unsafe to go into the "Snake Pit" at Indy, check out this warning for the latest Champ Car race:

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (AP) -- Over-exuberant fans at the Indy 300 have been urged not to cool off by jumping into the river that runs through the Surfers Paradise street course because it's full of aggressive bull sharks.

On Friday, race officials said extra security boats have been employed to keep revelers out of the waterways, fearing a shark attack at the prime feeding times of dusk and dawn. Fans arriving by boat and jet skis were urged to stay out of the water.

The Nerang River and many of its canals and lakes have been the site of numerous shark attacks. In 2003, two men, including an 84-year-old former athlete, were killed in attacks in Nerang River tributaries, both by bull sharks. (MORE from Yahoo! Sports)
Boy, times must be tough when you have to hire extra security to save your fans from suicidal acts. Sheesh!


  1. erika // October 19, 2007 12:13 PM  

    This is a bit off-topic, but I wonder why that race is called the "Indy 300." I noticed that last year, as well.

  2. Jeff Iannucci // October 19, 2007 12:34 PM  

    I believe the politically correct answer would be "to sell tickets".

  3. mmack // October 19, 2007 1:14 PM  


    WAY back before the IRL\CART split, when the first race was run at Surfer's Paradise, it was called the Indy 300. The name has never changed.


  4. pressdog // October 19, 2007 3:00 PM  

    Is the Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise an IRL race, or does Jeff have CHAMP CAR FEVER?

  5. Anonymous // October 20, 2007 3:10 AM  

    I bet they have paid some kind of naming rights to use "Indy"

    I bet that will not be renewed as the 16th and Georgetown people seek to reel-in control and have "Indy" related to only IRL events